The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies will present Ron Hansen reading from his book Exiles at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.Hansen has written several award-winning books, including Exiles, Atticus, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction. He has received many literary awards and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships in literature from the John Simon Guggenheim, Lyndhurst, and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest foundations. He has held numerous teaching positions at prestigious universities around the country, and been awarded honorary doctorates from several Catholic colleges, institutes and schools of theology. He earned a master’s degree in Spirituality at Santa Clara University, where he is currently the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities. In 2007, he was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of San Jose.